That is it is less than one week before I will begin my 12 Weeks of Christmas for my mailing list subscribers. Every Wednesday during the 12 weeks before Christmas, I will send my mailing list subscribers a Christmas project complete with supply list and directions. There will be Christmas card projects, gifts you can make, and tags/bags/gift wrapping ideas.
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One of the projects is a Christmas Card/gift card holder with the same template as the Birthday card above. So…if you want to know how to make this card…subscribe!
These are the supplies I used for the Birthday card. I used the Monstermaniacs stamp set which is unfortunately no longer available. However there are many other stamp sets in the catalog which would work well. Give me a call if you need suggestions.
This week we have some really great items available at a discount but for only this week. I know I am going to order the Gold Glitz Dazzling Details. I haven’t used it yet but am ready for some gold glitz for Christmas cards.
And how about that…3 Big Shot dies. I already have all of them so I won’t be able to take advantage of the discount but YOU will! Look how cute the hamburger box is. It is one of the dies that is in the Weekly Deals.
Have you tried paper piercing yet? This is a quick way to add little details on your card and the paper-piercing packs have the spacing already figured out for you. You will also need the Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) to put under the paper-piercing packs so you don’t pierce your work top. The Stampi’ Pierce Mat is also a perfect cushion to put your cardstock on when you are stamping with the new photopolymer stamps. It helps ensure a good stamped image.
So check out the details of these Weekly Deals and order them while supplies last by clicking on the links below.
Happy MDS Monday! Here is the sketch for us this week:
Our two dachshunds keep us entertained with their antics. This one, Scout, loves to sit on Ron’s lap and rest his chin on the computer touchpad. This is a not too subtle hint that Ron should be petting Scout, not using his hands for the computer. I changed the photos to a blue tone so the background colors would not detract from the focus on Scout. Behind the photos I added the Simple Stitches Circle – 1 and stretched it into an oval. I cropped just a very small part of the circle to add in the lower right corner. Since this theme is Computer Dog, i thought the Spiral Border Punch would be an appropriate way to finish off one edge of the Paw Parade Designer Series Paper – 5. If you love dogs like I do, you will want the Paw Parade Kit (138037). You can see more of the details of this kit and then order it by clicking on the images below. I have included the other downloads I used on this project as well.
Can you feel the change in the air? Cool nights and cooler but sunny days are here in Mount Vernon. My friends in Craig, AK, are already experiencing the Fall storms with high winds and sideways rain.
This weekend we are dog sitting in Seattle for our daughter and I did not bring along any stamping supplies except for my computer. I was itching to do something creative so I turned to MDS!
The For All Things stamp brush set (138114) and the Color Me Autumn designer series paper (138115) were the perfect supplies to use to play along with a SUDSOL challenge to use fall colors. I love being able to color the images like I would in traditional stamping so I colored the acorns with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. The leaves are colored with Crushed Curry and the bow with Old Olive. I used Cajun Craze on the watercolor splash behind the leaves. This grouping is layered on the 2012 Convention Curvy Square Punch filled with Whisper White. The punch is part of the Convention 2012 Photobook Template (130971) download. I have yet to use the download for a photobook but am frequently using the designer series papers, punches, and stamps that come with the download. The greeting comes down with the Wonderfall Kit (131218). If you don’t already have these downloads, I urge you to click on the links below for more details and to order them from my online store.
Our challenge for this MDS Monday sketch was to use mostly white on white with just a pop of color. I created this scrapbook page to highlight this recent photo of our granddaughter-in-law and her three girls. They are all so lovely!
This is the sketch:
I used a drop shadow to allow the doily to show up against the white background. I played around with overlays to see if I could get the background with a dry embossed look. By experimenting with the color of the overlay and the color, opacity, blur, and offset of the drop shadow, I was able to get a pretty good simulation of dry embossing. What do you think?
Here is what I did. I applied the Decorative Overlays stamp brush set – flourishes (129880) and changed the color to Whisper White. Then I changed the drop shadow to -40% opacity, blur 5, offset x=0, y=0 and the color to Smoky Slate. If you aren’t familiar with the drop shadow function, let me explain. Opacity is how transparent the drop shadow it, the default is -25%. Blur refers to how wide the drop shadow is. 5 is the default but you can increase the width up to full. Offset is how close to the image is. In this page, I wanted the shadow to be tight up against the image. I urge you to play around with the drop image function. It gives depth to your project. However, it can also make your elements look like they are in front of the page, not part of the page. Experimentation to see what gives you the desired effect is important.
Here’s another tip for you. I wanted to use the color picker function to recolor the satin ribbon knot to match one of the colors in the blue jacket. I first tried recoloring Whisper White ribbon but the color was too light so I went darker. I finally chose Basic Gray ribbon and got the desired depth of color.
I challenge you to create a scrapbook page or greeting card using this technique to simulate dry embossing. When you finish it, email it to me and I’ll share it on this blog.
for more detail about the supplies I used and to order them, just click on the images below.
A week or so ago, I wrote a post about the new Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies. Here is that post. Today I have another version of that card that my stamping groups made this past weekend.
I used Soft Sky (131203) and Lost Lagoon (133679) cardstock and the wonderful, exciting Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315) for this card. We stamped Merry Christmas from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (wood-128748, clear-127802) stamped in Lost Lagoon ink (133644) on the back side of the snowflake.
I love these Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies! If you haven’t ordered your set yet, I urge you to click this link and get it ordered! These dies will make stunning Christmas cards which will stand out from the rest of the cards that are sent to your family and friends.
Since today is Terrific Tuesday, I want to call your attention to the terrific Weekly Deals for this week. I know I am going to stock up on the gold ribbon while the price is right!
Stampin’ Up! has released a new photopolymer stamp set called You’re Wonderful (139158). The samples above were created by Stampin’ Up!’s creative crew. Aren’t they wonderful? Think about all the occasions you can use this stamp set for. With the open design of the images, it is perfect for demonstrating your Blendabilities skills as well. One of the things I really like about this set is that the sayings are curved and sized to fit in the banners around the word ‘wonderful’. And look at the daffodil stamp! I think this is the first time Stampin’ Up! has had a daffodil stamp.
This index shows all the stamps in the setl Click ion the index more details and to order the set. Often times the photopolymer stamps either get sold out quickly or at least go onto backorder soon after they are released. If you like this one, be sure to order it right away so you don’t get disappointed.
The World Traveler Photobook Template (130066) is one of the new Weekly Deals for the week of 9-9-14. Somehow, I missed the great papers and embellishments of this download when it was first introduced and had not bought it. I’m glad it is now available at 40% off. All the components of the wall art are from the kit except for the ribbon. Check out the details of this and the other Weekly Deals by clicking on the links below and then order your favorite.
Can you guess from the number of posts I do that are digital samples? I do love MDS! The main reason is that I can change my mind about a color or design of designer series paper without ruining a ton of supplies. I played around with the colors on this scrapbook page for well over an hour trying out one and then another just for the backgrounds and the lettering. Then I spend more time changing the color of the mats and changing out the dsp used in the sun. Gosh…I love playing with the colors and with MDS!
This page is for the MDS Monday challenge 81. The challenge was to create a page about something I love. I thought of my kids/grandkids/great-grandkids but how could I single out pictures of just a couple of them? Then I thought about the great ladies and the fun we have at the Stampin” Up! workshops I teach. Again, how could I choose just a few? So I settled on sunsets. I love sunsets! I could never paint a sunset as stunning as those God creates and I am content to just take pictures of them.
The sketch looks like this:
My pictures are stunning enough so I only used designer series paper for the sun. I used the color picker to color in the rectangles in the background. Since the pictures say it all, I omitted the journaling box. I always want texture in my backgrounds so I added the Natural Composition Overlays (130855) – 9 . This wrinkled paper overlay is one of my favorites!
If you are like me and like to try different papers, colors and shapes when creating to find just the perfect combination but don’t like to waste supplies, then you would love working with My Digital Studio! To order your copy of the program, just click on the links below. I’m only a few keystrokes away in the form of an email when you need help or ideas.
Whoosh…what a chore it was to finish this Project Life style scrapbook page! I kept getting java error messages but with perseverance I was able to work in spite of the error messages. I finally checked for page errors and found that I had a corrupt file for one of the embellishments. I had deleted the embellishment but the layer it was in didn’t delete. I finally started all over again with a new project and stayed away from that embellishment. I had no trouble the second time.
Here is the sketch:
And here is my page:
Here are the downloads I used:
Click on the images to see what the downloads include and to order them. Now it is your turn to create a page following the sketch in general. Have fun and then upload it here.